Crime

Seventh arrest made in ‘24/7 Boyz’ drug bust, group denied bond

From Staff Reports

Six of the people who were arrested on Thursday, March 17, in connection with a investigation in to a drug trafficking organization police identified as 24/7 Boyz
Six of the people who were arrested on Thursday, March 17, in connection with a investigation in to a drug trafficking organization police identified as 24/7 Boyz

A seventh arrest was made in connection to a Grand Strand area drug trafficking ring, and the group was denied bond at a hearing Saturday morning.

Those arrested appeared at a bond hearing 9 a.m. Saturday at J. Reuben Long Detention Center where a judge denied their bond.

Myrtle Beach police, in cooperation with seven other law enforcement agencies, arrested the group Thursday afternoon, according to Lt. Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach police.

In early September, officers began an extensive narcotics investigation into a drug trafficking organization identified as the ‘24/7 Boyz,’ Crosby said. The investigation led officers to obtain seven search warrants and arrest six people.

Search warrants were served at several locations in Myrtle Beach: Halyard Way, Olde Towne Way, Marshfield Circle, 6800 N. Ocean Blvd. and Jesse Street, police said.

“The investigation revealed that this organization has plagued the Grand Strand area with drug activity,” Crosby said.

The search warrants yielded heroin, cocaine, marijuana, crack cocaine, multiple firearms and cash, Crosby said. More arrests are possible because the investigation is ongoing, police said.

The agencies that participated in the operation: 15th Judicial Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit; Myrtle Beach police; Horry County police; Horry County Sheriff's Office; South Carolina Law Enforcement Division; the Drug Enforcement Agency; the Federal Bureau of Investigations; and U.S. Marshals Task Force.

Details on the investigation are not available because the police report has not been released, Crosby said. The report will be released “as soon as possible,” Crosby said.

“As you can imagine, the paperwork associated with an investigation of this size is substantial,” he added.

Those arrested and their charges are:

Ivan Chatman, 24, of Buffalo, N.Y. is charged Criminal conspiracy, possession of stolen pistol, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, cocaine, second offense, possession with intent to distribute meth second offense, distribution of heroin second offense, distribution of scheduled drug second offense, and distribution of heroin second offense.

Joseph L. White, 31, of Myrtle Beach is charged with criminal conspiracy, distribution of a scheduled drug third, distribution of heroin third, possession of weapon during commission of a violent crime, trafficking cocaine 28 to 100 third, possession crack third, trafficking crack 28 to 100 third, trafficking heroin greater than 28.

Calvin Williams Jr., 24, of Buffalo, N.Y. is charged with criminal conspiracy, distribution of heroin second offense, possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Devine Boyle, 19, of Myrtle Beach is charged with criminal conspiracy, and distribution of a scheduled drug.

Kristine Milby, 27, of Myrtle Beach, is charged with criminal conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Lamount Thompson, 20, of Myrtle Beach is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and criminal conspiracy.

Eleanor Carter, 26, of Myrtle Beach is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, trafficking in heroin, greater than 28 grams, trafficking in cocaine 28 to 100 first offense, trafficking in cocaine 28 to 100 first, trafficking in crack 10 to 28 grams first offense, possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime, and criminal conspiracy.

Our Grand Strand news alliance partner, WPDE contributed to this story.

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